Thursday, February 19, 2009


Featured on NCIS Soundtrack And Episode

Tim Skold and Sascha Konietzko collaborated Transatlanticly to bring industrial, metal and goth fans worldwide a new album titled SKOLD vs. KMFDM. The album¹s international release date is April 7, 2009.

The SKOLD vs. KMFDM track Love Is Like will debuted on NCIS Feb 18th. The eponymously titled new full-length album, out via KMFDM Records together with The Bicycle Music Company, streets internationally on April 7, 2009. NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack was released on Tuesday, February 10th.

The Bicycle Music Company handled the SKOLD vs. KMFDM placement on the CBS Records produced soundtrack for the hit television series NCIS. The two-disc set also features brand new tracks by artists such as Oasis, Ministry, Seether and Perry Farrell. The Skold vs. KMFDM track titled, Love Is Like, was specially produced for this compilation. The song is included on the second CD titled Abby's Lab Disc named for a forensic scientist character on the show noted for her alternative appearance and taste in music. The recording is an exclusive version of the song, and differs from the one which will appear on the SKOLD vs. KMFDM record,

Love Is Like is prominently integrated into tonight¹s episode titled Bounce. In the episode Gibbs and DiNozzo reverse roles after a murder leads to one of Tony's old investigations being re-opened. The episode was directed by Arvin Brown and written by David J. North and Steven D. Binder. In its sixth season, NCIS is currently the #1 show on television. More than 18 million viewers watch each weekly episode in the U.S. alone and the show airs in more than 190 countries worldwide.

Tim Skold is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer that has played with Shotgun Messiah, Skold (his self-titled solo-project), KMFDM, MDFMK and Marilyn Manson (where his credits, besides songwriting include bass, guitar, drum and synthesizer programming on the albums The Golden Age of Grotesque, Eat Me Drink Me and Lest We Forget).

Sascha Konietzko, the mastermind and frontman of KMFDM, is a vocalist, synthesist and bassist as well as a composer, audio-engineer and producer. His production credits include KMFDM, Treponem Pal and Sister Machine Gun. Konietzko¹s remix credits include Metallica, White Zombie, Rammstein, Combichrist, Mindless Self Indulgence, Kittie, Love & Rockets, Megadeth and Flotsam Jetsam.

The SKOLD vs. KMFDM collaborative album was conceived in June 2008 and completed by early October. Notably the entire album was recorded without the two artists ever being on the same continent, much less in the same room. Konietzko explains: We constantly bounced stuff back and forth over the [FTP] server, and with a time-difference of nine hours between us, it turned out that one of us slept while the other one worked and vice-versa,and thus we got two full days of work done in just 24 hours. Before they began exchanging files, Konietzko and Skold agreed to some ground rules for the album, which included a no-guitars proviso and a no real drum kits stipulation. Skold elaborates This is a very electronic album but the majority of the instruments used are actually analog and many of them are not even electric. What we decided to intentionally avoid this time was the traditional electric guitar. This was done to confuse and bewilder our fans. We like to keep them on their toes and many of them appreciate the challenge.

SKOLD vs. KMFDM is Tim Skold on vocals, programming, live percussion, synth bass and Sascha Konietzko on vocals, programming, analogue synthesizers and sequencers and bass. The twenty-two tracks on the self-titled album, SKOLD vs. KMFDM, are 1. Why Me (4:29), 2. Bloodsport Interlude (1:07), 3. Antigeist (5:13), 4. Alkohol Interlude (0:52), 5. Bloodsport (5:06), 6. Error 404 Interlude (1:58), 7. Love Is Like (4:07), 8. Antigeist Interlude (1:07), 9. It's Not What (4:14), 10. Love Is Like Interlude (1:01), 11. A Common Enemy (4:59), 12. Porn, Kitsch And Firearms Interlude (1:40), 13. Error 404 (3:36), 14. All Or Nothing Interlude (0:57), 15. Porn, Kitsch And Firearms (4:36), 16. It's Not What Interlude (1:22), 17. Gromky (5:17), 18. A Common Enemy Interlude (1:29), 19. Alkohol (5:28), 20. Gromky Interlude (1:43), 21. All Or Nothing (5:03) and 22. Why Me Interlude (2:25). Total playing time is 67:58.
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The Bicycle Music Company is based in Beverly Hills, California, with offices in New York City. The company controls publishing rights to many prominent song catalogs, including that of Dwight Yoakam, Dave Peverett (Foghat), Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship), Jim Peterik (Survivor, .38 Special), Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind) and Night Ranger, as well as cutting edge songwriters such as Tim Skold, Jose Gonzalez, Michael Brook and Money Mark.

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KMFDM Records was founded by Sascha Konietzko on February 29th, 2004 -- the 20th anniversary of the band KMFDM. The label is based in Houston, Texas. Artists on the label include KMFDM, Excessive Force, KGC and Skold vs. KMFDM.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009



Fischerspooner, the art pop performance project created and helmed by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner, is back with their third album Entertainment. Recorded over a two-year period with producer Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Sounds) and featuring Ann Magnuson (Bongwater), Gabriel Olegavich (Lady Sovereign, Spektrum) and Steven Stein (Double Dee & Steinski), the album marks another huge step forward by the group.

Started as a collaboration at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Fisherspooner evolved from TV pilot to art world sensation to international pop stars in the short span of a few years. Equally informed by Spooner's love of pop confection and experimental theatre as by Fischer's classical training and background in the seminal math-rock band Table, the band exploded into the new millennium, paving the way for electronic dance artists like Justice, MSTRKRFT, and Simian Mobile Disco. Their single Emerge from their debut album #1 broke the UK Top 40 while follow up Odyssey found them collaborating with everyone from Linda Perry to David Byrne to Susan Sontag to Mirwais.

Discovering the hard way that the art and music world do not co-exist, along with the disintegration of their label Capitol, Casey and Warren found their way back to their original ethos. This album will be released on FS Studios, their own label where they had originally released the first Fischerspooner record. With a live show focusing on dance, dialogue, and video over a year in the works, Entertainment is another chapter in the evolving experimental pop synthesis that is Fischerspooner.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Drug Rug

Play In FLORIDA With Dr. Dog
Feb 18 - Florida State University w/ Dr. Dog - Tallahassee, FL
Feb 19 - Crowbar w/ Dr.Dog - Ybor City, FL
Feb 20 - Culture Room w/ Dr.Dog - Ft Lauderdale, FL
Feb 21 - The Social w/ Dr. Dog - Orlando, FL
Feb 22 - Cafe 11 w/ Dr.Dog - St Augustine, FL

Release Kitchen Tapes EP
Look Out Sophomore LP Out This Summer On Black & Greene Records

Drug Rug formed in 2006 as an alternative rock/country project between couple Tommy Allen and Sarah Cronin. Their eponymous debut garnered tremendous critical praise receiving 4 & 5 star reviews in Fader and Bust, and features in Spin, and The New Yorker. Since it's release the band has toured with the likes of The Fiery Furnaces, Los Campesinos & The Long Blondes.

With their revolving door tendency for backing-band musicians; Drug Rug's live shows and recordings often feature exciting guests from members of Tulsa, Apollo Sunshine, The Dead Trees and others.
2009 Will bring about an EP titled The Kitchen Tapes and full length sophomore album this Summer.


Feb 11 - The Pour House w/Dr. Dog - Raleigh, NC
Feb 12 - Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall w/ Dr. Dog - Asheville, NC
Feb 13 - Tasty World w/ Dr.Dog - Athens, GA
Feb 14 - Mercy Lounge w/ Dr. Dog - Nashville, TN
Feb 17 - One Eyed Jacks w/ Dr.Dog - New Orleans, LA
Feb 18 - Florida State University w/ Dr. Dog - Tallahassee, FL
Feb 19 - Crowbar w/ Dr.Dog - Ybor City, FL
Feb 20 - Culture Room w/ Dr.Dog - Ft Lauderdale, FL
Feb 21 - The Social w/ Dr. Dog - Orlando, FL
Feb 22 - Cafe 11 w/ Dr.Dog - St Augustine, FL
Feb 22 - Gravity Lounge w/ Dr.Dog - Charlottesville, VA
Feb 25 - DC9 - Washington, DC
Feb 26 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
Feb 27 - The Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA


9th - 12th JULY 2008

EXIT is gearing up to celebrate the festival’s 10th Anniversary in July and with a staggering array of artists across 25 stages, this will be the mother of all birthday celebrations. As one of the most highly regarded festivals in Europe, EXIT has captured the imagination of festival goers worldwide with its unique 18th Century fortress location and electrifying atmosphere. Are you ready?!
The EXIT festival is an incredibly unique experience, celebrating music, life, freedom and friendship with like minded party people from around the world. Over 600 performances will take place on 25 stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels - a walk through the mystical fortress is like a trip through a magical wonderland. The Dance Arena is regarded by many as the best in Europe, if not the planet, and the experience of dancing with 20,000 people as the sun rises over the fortress walls is truly mind blowing.

Renowned for its diverse and adventurous line ups, EXIT encompasses all genres of music from rock to rap, classical to chill, dance to drum & bass and electronic to experimental.

Highlights from the past 10 years include; Basement Jaxx, Beastie Boys, Billy Idol, Carl Cox, Cypress Hill, Danny Tenaglia, Darren Emerson, Finlay Quaye, Franz Ferdinand, Fatboy Slim, Goldfrapp, Goldie, Iggy and the Stooges, Kosheen, LTJ Bukem, Morrissey, Massive Attack, Moloko, Neneh Cherry, Peaches, Pet Shop Boys,The Prodigy, Robert Plant, Roni Size, Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters, Tricky, Underworld, White Stripes, Wu Tang Clan and many more...
Launched 10 years ago as a student initiated protest against the communist Milosevic regime, EXIT has proved that music is a universal language that can connect and bring people together to make the world a better place. EXIT is truly an amazing experience that has captured the heart of festival goers worldwide and although it gets bigger each year, the sentiment and unique vibe remains the same. The 10th birthday will be no exception!

Click the link below to see pictures from EXIT 08;

EXIT & deliver the best value festival ticket this side of the moon, with fast entry through their own entrance at the festival.

4 day festival passes are priced at £72 + a small booking fee (the same prive as last year!) and are available direct from the EXIT website and

Camping is available from 6th - 15th July and camping passes are prices at £14 + a small booking fee.

Puscifer (Maynard Keenan) press conference video (very entertaining)

A comedic press conference starring Maynard Keenan in military regalia discussing the upcoming Puscifer variety shows at The Palms (in The Pearl Casino) in Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 14 and 15. The dates each sold out within an hour of their respestive on sale times but Keenan asked that the venue reconfigure the seatting to allow for some additional tickets to be made available after seeing what fans were being asked to pay by ticket scalpers. On Saturday, Jan. 24 a few hundred additional seats for each show went go on sale at 12 noon pacific via, and at The Pearl box office in Las Vegas.

Puscifer in Las Vegas press conference

Maynard's military colleague is performed by Laura Milligan.

KMFDM Gear Up For a BLITZ!

Releasing 17th Full-Length Album on March 24

With 16 full-lengths and 25 years of historic, groundbreaking musical mayhem behind them, the legendary industrial pioneers KMFDM are ready to unleash the next album BLITZ on March 24, 2009 on Metropolis Records. Fronted by the volatile and fiercely intelligent Sascha Konietzko, KMFDM has led the industrial revolution over the last two and a half decades with their self-coined "Ultra Heavy Beat" that continues to expand and evolve, ushering new beats and structures that push their music up into new plateaus. "I like to experiment," says Sascha about the new album. "Going in one direction and then trying something different is part of the way. If I don't change things constantly, I become irritated."

Appropriately abrasive and incredibly rhythm-heavy, BLITZ sees the Hamburg, Germany-based band redirecting the metallic guitars of previous releases and allowing the fiery dance rhythms to breathe and pulsate. From the opening beat of "(Symbol)" with Sascha's trademark growl coming into the forefront with chants of "up Uranus", the album kicks off an unrelenting barrage of heavily orchestrated chaos. "Bait & Switch" ups the ante with a blast of fierce, driving industrial led by the the dominating vocals of Lucia Cifarelli. Their excellent retelling of Human League's "Being Boiled" brings a level of sinister ambience with pounding beats and flourishing horns. "I am standing behind every song, 105%," Sascha explains, "though I am particularly pleased with the fact that native Russian speakers can understand what I am saying on track #3, 'Davai'."

BLITZ was produced by Sascha Konietzko with assistance from current guitarist Jules Hodgson and longtime collaborator and former band member Tim Skold. Although the album title may be returning to the trademark five-letter album titles of yore ("There was no thought wasted on the name of this album. However once decided upon, it seemed a fitting return to convention, especially after having had a string of non-five-letter titles for the past several years"), the album is by no means conventional. With a diverse 25 years behind them, Sascha sees no end to KMFDM's continuing legacy. "There's no looking back," he says firmly. "The future lies ahead."

For more information: WWW.KMFDM.NET




**"In The Shadow Of The Sun" soundtrack performance only.

Throbbing Gristle announce their first US performances in 28 years – including an appearance Sunday April 19th at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival! The band, who have not performed in the United States since May 1981, will also be playing Chicago and New York for the first time ever.

To mark these special occasions, Throbbing Gristle will play TWO SET events in New York and Chicago. The performances begin with a new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980 alchemical film "In The Shadow Of The Sun," followed by a second set of material from across TG's history.

Between sets in both New York and Chicago, Throbbing Gristle will be available for a fan signing session. Fans are encouraged to bring along ONE ITEM from their collection for the band to sign. There will also be special 'TG USA 2009' merchandise including an all new album, T-shirt specific to the event, Tour Enamel Badge, and Tour Embroidered Patch for sale.

In addition, Throbbing Gristle will perform their live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980 alchemical film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" at UCLA in Los Angeles on April 21st and a full set of material from across their history at The Grand Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on April 23rd.

Throbbing Gristle – Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis Breyer-P.Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti – formed in 1975 and released a string of albums until 1981 including The Second Annual Report, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the legendary 24 Hours Cassette Boxed Set (reissued as TG24 on CD by the Grey Area of Mute in 2002 and followed by the companion box set TG+ in 2004). Unlike many of their punk peers, Throbbing Gristle deployed their music as a weapon attacking the apparatus of the music industry, which they treated as the propaganda wing of the then growing entertainment industry. TG set up their own imprint, Industrial Records (giving rise to the term "industrial music"), for the distribution of their clanging factory noises and as a cold parody of the entertainment industry's process of industrializing music.

In 2007 Throbbing Gristle released their first new studio album in over 25 years, Part Two - The Endless Not which was followed later that year by TGV, a live DVD box set featuring 10 full shows - most never-before-seen - ranging from the fascinating beginnings in 1979 through to the notorious RE~TG ‘re-grouping’ 23 years later at London’s Astoria and three further European shows.

2008 saw the reactivation of Industrial Records and the release of Thirty-Second Annual Report, a reinterpretation of The Second Annual Report recorded at La Villette in Paris, 30 years after its original release and available on download and as a special edition vinyl, pre-framed and limited to 777 copies.

Throbbing Gristle have troubled eardrums, shattered preconceptions and changed lives. The repercussions of their sonic, ideological and industrial experiments are still being felt today.


Today, the 2009 Langerado Music Festival is cancelled due to sluggish ticket sales. The 7th annual event was slated to happen March 6-8 at their new home in downtown Miami's Bicentennial Park.

Langerado's independent local promoters, faced with a very tough decision in a dismal economy, cancelled the 2009 event only after every possible option was exhausted.

As Langerado Co-Promoter Ethan Schwartz explains, "Langerado has always put the fan experience first. Unfortunately, during these difficult economic times, and facing a first year in a new venue, it's become apparent that we cannot execute a production that lives up to the high standards of our past events. Putting Langerado on hold was the toughest decision we have ever had to make. We are very grateful for the support of the greater-Miami community and the music community during this difficult time."

All tickets purchased will be refunded. Please look for ticket refunds to be processed in the next 5-7 business days. Each order will be refunded to the credit card in full, minus the included order processing fees. Shipping fees will also be credited for those orders that did not select the free shipping promotion. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Black Lips Get Kicked Out Of India

Like the Sex Pistols' January '78 tour of the Deep South, The Black Lips recent expedition to India was marked by a series of fairly seismic culture shocks. Everything from bottle-throwing fans at a gig in Pune, to livid show promoters in Chennai, all in response to a bunch of full-frontal punk rock provocateurs from Atlanta. For those that still haven't heard the story, the band was booked to play on India's equivalent of American Idol, The "Campus Rock Idol" Tour, a big-ticket televised series with large corporate sponsors. Last Saturday, in Chennai, the band entertained the crowd with what stateside fans would consider a typically raucous Black Lips show, replete with intra-band lip locking, and Cole de-pantsing, mooning the crowd, and attempting to play his six-string with, well, his privates. Barely okay in America, definitely NOT okay in India, the band was subsequently chased out of the country and the sponsors pulled the plug, effectively canceling the rest of the tour and the television season. The events have caused an international wave of news coverage, rounded out by everything from defensive "It's only rock n roll" stories to meatier pieces that tease out the more nuanced concepts at play here, namely artistic freedom versus cultural respect.

Considering the wealth of information - some accurate, some not so much - that washed up on American shores after the event, it's fortunate that cameras were there to document what transpired. Over the coming weeks, VBS will be running a series entitled "The Black Lips in India," which faithfully documents the band's turbulent experience before and after the Chennai gig, their escape to King Khan's pad in Berlin, and beyond. The (100% NSFW!) trailer for the series -- which captures every bit of Cole -- is now available on

Watch The Trailer For Black Lips In India:

Read The Letter Cole Alexander Sent After The Escape:

Read The Vice Interview With Drummer Joe Bradley:

The Lips are currently gearing up for a multi-month North American tour in support of their forthcoming third Vice release, 200 Million Thousand. Last week, amidst all the hubbub, the band offered up the single "Short Fuse" for free to fans. The album is due February 24th, and is now available for pre-order through Amazon at the link below.

Download And Share "Short Fuse" From The Black Lips' 200 Million Thousand [Vice Records; February 24th, 2009]

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